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Did You Know – 09/21/2015

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1.Scientists are planning to reanimate a 30,000 year old extinct virus found in the permafrost of Siberia to understand its origin and mod of evolution. If it can be easily revived the concern is that with the climate changing and the Siberian ground ice melting it could cause the virus to reawaken a more harmful virus. Found buried 30 meters ( 100 ft ) deep in the frozen solid this could be the second time that researchers will reawaken a prehistoric virus.

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2. Japanese population is shrinking. Japan’s birth rate fell to a new record low in 2014, with data showing just over a million new births.

The estimated number of people who died in 2014 totaled 1.269 million, rising for the fifth year in a row.

The main causes for Japan’s population decline are both economic and social. More than twenty years of economic stagnation have seriously dampened any kind of optimism.

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3. Taco bell has a taco made completely from fried chicken. They recently introduced ‘naked crispy chicken taco’. 

There is only two locations in which it’s sold, one in Lost Hills, Calif., and the other in Bakersfield, Calif.

It’s a breaded white meat chicken shell filled with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, and avocado ranch sauce.

For me it sounds rather yummy

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4. A device that reanimates organs taken from dead patients has shown promise in heart transplant surgeries.  The so-called “heart in a box” uses tubing and oxygen to pump blood and electrolytes into hearts from recently deceased patients, allowing the organs to continue functioning within a chamber. A  Massachusetts-based company, Transmedics said this system has been successfully deployed in at least 15 heart transplants in the UK and Australia, and is awaiting regulatory approval in the US.

Until now, hearts used for transplants have usually been extracted from brain-dead patients; those from dead patients have been considered too damaged. Once removed, the hearts are also stored and transported in cold temperatures to avoid rapid deterioration, though scientists have begun using devices like the “Heart in a Box’ to keep the organs warm and functioning. That, doctors say, could increase the pool of donated hearts by between 15 and 30 percent.

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5. Reversible Destiny Lofts —founded by Shusaku Arakawa, a Japanese neo-Dadaist and associate of Marcel Duchamp, and Madeline Gins, an American poet with a background in physics and Eastern philosophy—has produced several homes and recreational sites designed to create a more robust body and mind. Chief among them are the Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo, a set of nine apartments built-in 1995 that come with instructions for use.

The lofts have spherical rooms, undulating concrete floors riddled with bumps, and candy-colored walls. Poles and ladders run from floor to ceiling in unexpected places and electrical outlets dangle from above. Each apartment resembles a playground designed without regard for child safety regulations.

The concept behind the unconventional design is that inhabitants will be forced to use their brains and bodies in unusual ways in order to navigate the space. There is no chance of settling into routines and rote (habitual repitition ) movements, because the challenging architecture makes it impossible. The goal is to never become comfortable—comfort, according to Reversible Destiny’s philosophy, means death

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Cardboard Boxes For Finnish Babies

I read this article today and was fascinated by it.  I guess I am not so concerned about giving children an equal start in life as I believe we all have our own individual destiny at the beginning of our life,  I was intrigued about the fact it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

Anyway I thought it was a very interesting article and something I did not know about.

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For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.

It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.

The maternity package – a gift from the government – is available to all expectant mothers.

It contains bodysuit, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress.

With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby’s first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box’s four cardboard walls.

Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box as it’s worth much more.

The tradition dates back to 1938. To begin with, the scheme was only available to families on low incomes, but that changed in 1949.

“Not only was it offered to all mothers-to-be but new legislation meant in order to get the grant, or maternity box, they had to visit a doctor or municipal pre-natal clinic before their fourth month of pregnancy,” says Heidi Liesivesi, who works at Kela – the Social Insurance Institution of Finland.

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